President Obama's Influence On Executive Power

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The extent to which executive power may be used by any individual president is often disputed. Executive power has gradually been expanding over the past years as each president interprets the lengths of boundaries. All of our presidents have impacted the fluctuation executive power, whether positively or negatively; however, President Obama had the greatest impact with the expansion of executive power by focusing on broadening human rights within our own nation, and also by helping the United States regain balance in the international community. Other nations are much farther in regards to human rights, and this remains an issue for the citizens of the United States for a couple reasons. President Obama has not only recognized this issue, but has worked to combat it, and as a result of this he…show more content…
Obama has expanded this power without Congress, but “Michael McConnell, a former federal judge who is now a professor of law and director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School disagrees, writing, ‘While the president does have substantial discretion about how to enforce a law, he has no discretion about whether to do so.’” According to some people, such as Michael McConnell, the executive power is limited to simply offering ideas to enforce a law, but the president should be confined to the parameters set by Congress. On simple face value, this sounds very plausible; however, as with the current situation, Congress and the president do not agree on several major issues. By restricting the executive power to the limits set by Congress, we also hinder several aspects of expansion upon the powers. By following these standards we would not see the same level of advancement we currently do see through the advancement of human rights and gaining power within the international
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